Watch Dogs | Grainger Games | £29.99 | Review
Watch Dogs is cracking game in so many ways. The chases are awesome, the ways you can manipulate the city of Chicago are pretty damn cool, and I got a real kick out of some of the infiltration and intrusion missions. But it's also enormously bloated. There's a lot of content here, and it's certainly worth picking up, but you can't help but feel that Ubisoft could have trimmed off a large quantity of excess fat here.
Still, £29.99 for it on next-gen consoles is a top shout. Hats off to Bure11 for spotting it.
Do you hear the people sing, singing a song of angry men? No? Good, and that's just how we like it. Russell Crowe has been forcibly gagged and dragged out of the Parisian streets for a double bill of Assassin's Creed Unity trailers, which will probably make a reasonable substitute for actual news on what's shaping up to be another painfully slow week.
You'll see some intriguing exposition that blends real events with Assassin's Creed canon (which will be enough to tell you that my limp Les Mis joke is chronologically flawed!), followed by a gameplay trailer showing off fluid animations and enormous crowds.Click here to read more...
The Division caused a massive stir at E3 2013, generating an enormous amount of excitement and an active community despite still being nebulously dated for next year. If you're wondering what all the fuss is about, Ubisoft has published a helpful interview with Game Director Ryan Barnard, who explains the premise, mechanics and vision behind the online action-RPG. Watch it below.
The Division looks to be a neat mix between cooperative gunplay and classless RPG customisation. Here's hoping that Massive Entertainment deliver on its potential -- and their promises -- next year.Click here to read more...
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is outstanding. It's a fantastic game that might just be the best pirate game since Sid Meier first let us live out our buccaneering dreams. The PC version has remained a little stubborn in terms of its price point, but you can currentlky nab a digital PC copy for just £11.68 ($19.99) if you pop on over to Amazon US. I would say, however, that you should try and pick up a console version if possible (PS4 ideally) simply because the Anvil engine seems to suffer a little on PC.
If you're not based in the States, all you have to do is fabricate a US mailing address to get the game key. You can opt for either a Steam or Uplay code, but let's face it, who the hell would ever freely choose the latter?
Cheers to Jas10 for the tip.
Far Cry 2 is often viewed as the dark horse of the series, if not its lowest point, but personally I view it as a misunderstood masterpiece. Gruelling and isolating, hitting you with the full horrors of war, it's a tough and unremitting tale that still gives you a massive amount of choice for completing objectives and numerous opportunities for emergent gameplay-driven storytelling. Either way, we can all agree that £2.99 is very cheap. Thanks to BuzzDuraband @ HUKD!
It's not the cheapest we've ever seen, but sub-£15 is still money well spent on this superb platformer. Rayman Legends feels right at home on Vita, since those vibrant visuals and tight controls are a perfect fit for Sony's handheld, especially now that all the extra missions have been added via a free update. Thanks to CalumW96 @ HUKD!
Rayman Legends was already a truly legendary platformer that run at a smooth 1080/60 on last-gen consoles, but the next-gen port is still a treat. Especially when you can pick up the PS4 versions for £15.98, fast approaching that magical £15 threshold.
Thanks to BuzzDuraband @ HUKD!
Ubisoft should be congratulated for taking risks on experimental digital games, and this one's a doozy. Valiant Hearts provides non-combat puzzles set in World War One, designed to show the human dramas behind the miserable carnage. It's very different, educational, thought-provoking and frankly the sort of thing that we'd like to see more of. Anyway, it's out now and the PC version will set you back £9.00 at Greenman Gaming with their APIZS9-460INI-BL4WZ9 voucher code.
GamersGate are running a fat Prince of Persia sale at the moment, meaning that you snap up Sands of Time for less than the price of Magnum ice cream lolly. Here's the lowdown on the titles that they've got discounted:
Nab yourselves a slice of platforming brilliance here, and if you're unsure with regard to the newer titles, we've got a Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands review for you here.
Well the press conferences (and one pre-recorded Nintendo Direct) have come and gone, and in this special edition of Game Buzz, we pick apart the showing from all five big cheeses at this year's E3, and give a little insight into some of our personal highlights of the show thus far.
We'll nominate our winners and losers of the show thus far, before dropping the answer to the biggest and most redundant question of them all -- who won E3 2014?
Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.
So there are to be no playable female models in Assassin's Creed: Unity.
Unity introduces co-op to the Assassin's Creed formula, allowing you to play with up three of your friends. In order to make this fit in with the story, each player will see themselves as Arno in their own games but be able to choose and customise their public appearance -- i.e. how they present themselves in the games of other. You'll still be able to customise your gear, and you'll have all of that with you when playing with others, you'll just appear as a different character to other players. And that character will have to be male.
It's annoying that were back here again with a company that's actually been fairly good at fostering inclusion of late. Assassin's Creed actually flipped the script in terms of delivering a protagonist that didn't fit the white, male stereotype when it came to Liberation, and did so in a way that was pretty relaxed given the scrutiny Avaline would come under. That's just the nature of things that deviate from established norms, even when those norms are somewhat lamentable. Anything different -- in this case to traditionally white, male protagonists with voices like a cement mixer -- will attract extra attention and pressure. But, to Ubisoft's credit, they let the game do the talking, and it was a cracking little game, with Aveline proving to be a wonderfully drawn character. Before that, we had female assassins in Brotherhood and Revelations, female avatars in the multiplayer components. There's precedent for this, and Ubisoft Montreal themselves set it!
So why not here, in Unity?
"It's unfortunate, but it's a reality of game development," said Ubisoft technical director James Therien, speaking to Videogamer. "It's not a question of philosophy or choice in this case at all.
"It was a question of focus and a question of production. Yes, we have tonnes of resources, but we're putting them into this game, and we have huge teams, nine studios working on this game and we need all of these people to make what we are doing here."Click here to read more...
Arrrrrrrr you looking for swashbuckling adventure on Wii U? If so, The Game Collection are selling Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag on the cheap, with change for a tenner. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!
Ubisoft took the stage in the wake of a bit of a dud from EA, buoyed once again by the presence of Aisha Tyler and a lineup that everyone had kind of sussed already...one super awesome reveal aside.
But it wasn't Beyond Good & Evil 2.
Oh Ubisoft, you know me too well. Despite showing me no actual gameplay of Far Cry 4, that introductory one-sided chat with the new villain has me desperate for more seeing as I was such a fan of the last game. It looks like the new guy is going to have a crack at being a little bit more insane than Vaas too. Running in the in-game engine, the graphical detail was astonishing, and I'm coming round to thinking that maybe the Himalaya's could be a great setting after all.
Sadly, my internet collapsed for a few minutes during the Assassin's Creed Unity part, but from what I did see, the detail seems have increased over Black Flag on PS4, suggesting that the switch to new-gen only consoles has allowed Ubisoft to really unleash their graphical prowess.
Valiant Hearts looks set to be a deeply emotional experience, despite Ubisoft's latest trailer not giving anyone a damn clue what sort of game it is. But I still really want it. I don't know how they do that. Maybe after my 11th cup of coffee this evening, I just become super agreeable.Click here to read more...
Assassin's Creed: Unity is totally revolutionary. Revolutionary France, that is, where new assassin Arno finds himself murdering aristocrats and templars with merry abandon. Ubisoft blew the lid off the project during their E3 presser, showcasing astonishingly pretty visuals, massive crowds, newly-enhanced fluid parkour and reiterating that four players can wreak havoc in co-op campaign missions.
Which sounds horrible for stealth, but ridiculous fun nevertheless.
Beyond the narrated gameplay footage, Ubisoft also revealed a 28th October worldwide launch on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. We'll miss the naval warfare, but hopefully Unity can expand on the scale of the assassinations themselves and give us more freedom to ply our deadly trade as we see fit.
Or more accurately right through the floor. Rainbow Six: Patriots has been announced for PC, PS4 and Xbox One next year, bringing small-squad tactics and tense shooting to the new console generation with "procedurally destructible" environments. Every wall and floor is a potential breaching point.Click here to read more...
The Division may still be locked away into the deepest recesses of undated 2015, but Massive's shooter/RPG hybrid already has an appropriately massive following. They're certainly not going wanting thanks to a couple of big trailers -- one of which is a cinematic mood piece, while the other is a gameplay trailer. Watch the former above and catch the latter after the break.Click here to read more...
After saving everybody's bacon last year, do Ubisoft have anything left in the tank? Well, we know there's some Ass Creed goodness coming our way this year, we expect bigger returns from The Crew and The Division, but seriously, Ubi, it's time for Beyond Good & Evil 2.
And Rainbow Six: Patriots.Click here for our Ubisoft E3 2014 presser live blog >>
One of the best things about enjoying E3 from the comfort of your own living room/study/bedroom/venue with a livestream here in the UK is that everything happens after you clock off. This means that E3 can be enjoyed with a beer/wine/whisky in hand -- it's time to wheel out this year's E3 drinking game.
May the shots be ever in your favour.
NB. We ought to stress that drinking responsibly is totally awesome and absolutely something that you should try and do. You don't even have to use booze, to be honest. You could always substitute it with milk or Mountain Dew or shots of Virgin Mary. Just because we're preparing backup refill jugs for White Russians doesn't mean that you have to. Replace the beers with chillies, and then film the anarchy so we can all have a good laugh later on.
Have a little tipple...
Sink that drink...
Having a cheeky pre-E3 holiday was a great idea. Well, aside from the lack of internet, being awake for the last 36 hours, still having sand from the Aegean in my hair and suffering from regular twitchy lucid flashbacks of that spider that invaded my apartment one night.
But it’s the day before the biggest day in any gamers’ calendar and now that I’m no longer at the mercy of Wi-Fi powered by stray cats on a treadmill, I thought I better chuck in my Day zero predictions as the rest of the team have done for Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, EA and Ubisoft at E3 2014. Enjoy! I’m off to check my bed for spiders as big as my face.
I’m fully expecting God of War and Uncharted to smash my socks off tomorrow night with on-stage gameplay demos. If these massive names don’t appear, I think many PS4 owners are going to join me in feeling pretty damn pissed. It’s high time Sony stopped going on about how nice they are bringing indie games to PS4 and started showing gamers something that really pushes their hardware to the limit.
Naturally, I’d like to see some innovative titles announced for the Project Morpheus VR headset, along with a list of third-party developers that are working on specific games or adding compatibility for it. Some solid details on pricing or a release date would be nice too.
I share a concern with some of my colleagues though, in that it’s looking like more and more of Sony’s killer games are bound for 2015. We really need something big for the Xmas rush instead of leaving it up to the usual suspects of FIFA, Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty – not that I can’t wait to play all of them too.
I can see the Vita barely getting a shout to be honest, aside from a new bundle with the PS4, or maybe we’ll see a western release of the Vita TV hardware. We’ve been saying it for years though, where are the system-selling games for this incredibly powerful machine? I’ve been crossing my fingers for another Uncharted game on the Vita for so long that my hands are starting to resemble pretzels.
Anticipated Highlight – Kevin Butler marking a return by tearing onto the stage on a motorbike to announce Road Rash for the PS4.
Want to hear more of my thoughts about Sony at E3? Then check out my feature, The Sunday Seven: Ways for Sony to Win E3 2014.Click here to read my predictions for Microsoft, Nintendo, EA and Ubisoft.
Well, you've heard our thoughts on the matter, now it's time to put yours across. Who will "win" this year's E3? We've got 24 hours until the press conferences kick off, so let's see some debate!
Of course, with such things it's important to be fully up to speed, to have done your research, found a bunch of critics online you agree with and have nodded your head sagely and gone, "I concur." To help get you in the mood, here's a refresher of some of our predictions:
Crackdown 3 seems unlikely given that Sunset Overdrive is peeking over the horizon (see what I did there?), but I'd love to be wrong. We'll see Halo 2: Anniversary officially announced if the increasingly likely rumours are true, hopefully alongside remastered versions of Halo 1-4 available separately or as part of the 'Master Chief Collection.' Again, I'd love to be wrong about the aforementioned compilation being a pricey special edition rather than a retail price game -- seriously, I want to be utterly humiliated on that front. -- Jon
Of course, there will be sports, and we’ll all be very impressed by the new advancements they’ve made in elbowing mechanics or something, but other than that, what do I really want to see? The Star Wars games that are in development – Battlefront 3 and Visceral’s effort. There’s a low probability of us seeing anything from the latter, but the former has been mentioned numerous times in recent months, and with the build-up of the new film it seems the perfect time to piggy-back on the hype. -- Carl
It's time for Beyond Good & Evil 2 now, Ubisoft.
No, really, do it. For years you've been raising our hopes and dashing them expertly. With vague rumoured promises of a "next-gen" release and Michel Ancel free from Rayman duty, we want it and we want it before Christmas. Well, Christmas 2015 at any rate. -- Jon
Sony need to come out swinging in order to keep momentum going into the second half of 2014, and with delay after delay for their already-revealed big hitters, it's time to crack out the big guns.
The trouble is that although appearances from the likes of Sony Santa Monica, Naughty Dog, and possibly even Quantic Dream are expected, nothing they're peddling is likely to emerge ahead of next year. All of Sony's first and second-party partners have been keeping very quiet indeed since the PS4's launch, so there are bound to be a bunch of surprises, and I'm looking forward to seeing what Sony Japan bring to the party, having given us some fantastically bonkers titles in the last couple of years. -- Matt
It'll be tempting to dwell on Super Smash Bros, but don't. You've already showed us a huge amount about it, so keep things short and sweet rather than getting bogged down -- the less time Reggie has to embarrass himself the better. Just reveal a couple of characters and let the live championship final do the talking. Likewise, any Quality Of Life stuff will need a press conference as only gamers will be watching the stream.
So then, without further ado, roll out the new games hard and fast with plenty of gameplay footage and helpful narration. We need new Zelda, end of. -- Jon
Listened to the Game Buzz twice? Good, you're ready.
Now cast your votes, make them count, and let us know your thoughts in the comments box below. There's could be a game of your choice in it for you if you do.
You have 24 hours, until 5pm tomorrow, ahead of the pressers themselves, to get your votes in and tell us who you reckon will win this year's E3 and why. Comment in the box below to enter the prize draw for the chance to win a game of your choosing. We'll whip out our sorting hats and determine a winner on Tuesday after the smoke has cleared.